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The Crying of Lot 49

by Thomas Pynchon

The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.   ...


The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't

by Nate Silver

"Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise is The Soul of a New Machine for the 21st century." -Rachel Maddow, author of Drift

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted...


Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

by Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney

Pioneering research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with New York Times science writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control. Drawing on cutting-edge...


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

by Michael Pollan

"Important, possibly life-altering, reading for every living, breathing human being." --Boston Globe

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers...


Redeployment

by Phil Klay

Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes...


Gravity's Rainbow

National Book Award for Fiction 1974

by Thomas Pynchon

Winner of the 1974 National Book Award

“A screaming comes across the sky. . .” A few months after the Germans’ secret V-2 rocket bombs begin falling on London, British Intelligence discovers that a map...


Civilization: The West and the Rest

by Niall Ferguson

Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries

How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power...


The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour-and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News

by Sheila Weller

"Weller rivetingly recounts these gutsy ladies' time on the front lines... an inspiration for future generations of journalists." --Vanity Fair

For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of...


World Order

by Henry Kissinger

Walter Isaacson, Time:

"Dazzling and instructive... [a] magisterial new book."

Henry Kissinger offers in World Order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his...


Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game

by Mark Edmundson

Acclaimed essayist Mark Edmundson reflects on his own rite of passage as a high school football player to get to larger truths about the ways America's Game shapes its men

Football teaches young men self-discipline...


The Invention of Exile: A Novel

by Vanessa Manko

Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1913, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls...


Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight

by Matt Higgins

"[P]erversely entertaining... In a truly intoxicating read that was hard to put down, Matt Higgins has managed to make real a world about as far removed from daily life as it gets." --Daily Beast

"Matt Higgins...


Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

by Robert Timberg

Acclaimed journalist Robert Timberg's extraordinary, long-awaited memoir of his struggle to reclaim his life and find his calling after being severely burned as a young Marine lieutenant in Vietnam

In January...


When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation

by Francois Furstenberg

In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United...


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

by Marja Mills

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists...


Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

by Celeste Ng

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and...


American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood

by Paul Greenberg

"A fascinating discussion of a multifaceted issue and a passionate call to action" --Kirkus

In American Catch, award-winning author Paul Greenberg takes the same skills that won him acclaim in Four Fish to uncover...


The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

by Kevin Birmingham

"A great story-how modernism brought down the regime of censorship-told as a great story. Kevin Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life. There is a fresh detail on nearly every...


Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild

by Novella Carpenter

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love

"I'm so glad Novella Carpenter has written this book... The resulting journey is both brave and honest."

San Francisco Chronicle

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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

by Jordan Ellenberg

The Freakonomics of math-a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands

The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the...